Purdue University

SCHOOL TRADITIONS

School Colors: Old Gold & Black
Nickname: Boilermakers
Mascots: The Boilermaker Special (official school mascot) & Purdue Pete (costumed mascot)

BOILERMAKERS, BOILERMAKER SPECIAL & PURDUE PETE

Purdue gained the nickname “Boilermakers” following a football game played on October 21, 1891 when Purdue defeated nearby Wabash College 44-0. Purdue, being famous for its top-ranked engineering school, had many students who worked during the school year in a forge room, heating and molding metal. This led to a headline in a local paper exclaiming “Burly Boilermakers from Purdue” in refer... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

  Hail Purdue! Hail Purdue!, the official fight song of the University, was originally titled Purdue War Song. James Morrison, a student at the time, wrote the lyrics around 1915, and they were set to music by Edward Wotawa, also a student at the time. The song was published in 1913 and dedicated to the Varsity Glee Club. Hail Purdue! i... (more)

PURDUE GRAND PRIX

  What started in 1958 as a way for engineering students to show off their skills has grown into an annual campus-wide event focusing on raising scholarship funds for the Grand Prix Foundation. The Foundation has the sanctioning body of the race since 1965, with its motto being  “Students Helping Students”. Participating... (more)

SLEDDING ON SLAYTER HILL

When it starts to snow, you can count on seeing students sledding down Slayter Hill.  Anything from dining court trays to canoes are used as sleds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8lyMyzTsSg  ... (more)